Audi 3D Prints their Packaging Trash into New Parts

German automaker Audi has revealed their new in-house upcycling program that takes their own packaging materials and 3D prints them into assembly aids for use on the production line.

No vehicle manufacturer on the planet builds every component on site. Most companies use components built by other OEMs which are then brought into the vehicle factory for assembly. Many of these components are fragile and expensive, and require protection from shocks and whatnot during transport to the factory.

Audi has taken a look at how much of this plastic packaging they had previously been throwing out, and decided to do something useful with it. You can see an example of the packaging tray and the newly formed assembly-widget in the picture below.

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